Look above: New page of Spedeworth
Junior 10's / F2's
little racers for not much money
the fortunate Senior F1 brigade whose names and numbers have been
meticulously recorded by John Greenwood, Mike Greenwood and Granville
Holmes, from BSCDA archivese, the Junior 10's / F2 cars have no
official listing that I know of. So, from programmes and a few
close-up photographs I have typed up a list of 200+ Junior racers, in
numerical order, with the driver's name and home town if known. I
have not recorded the years they were registered, because registered numbers moved very rapidly among new and departing
drivers. Here is a my latest version as a PDF file, updated January 2013 September 2010: Jack Kitchen #750
was a stylist; see his trademark opposite-lock arms and elbows as he
throws his car into the corners. Today at 81, Jack can look back
to six years of racing, 1967-72, followed by a spell of scrutineering.
With his son Tony, who sent the following photos, he rarely
missed a meeting and still stays in touch with some of the old bunch, including Dave Chisholm.
Things Change in 47 years ---
Left: Harry Andrews 651 does the business with his classic Ford 10 in 1964 Right: Peter Hobbs #8 F2 in 2011 (Daz Kitson-built / paint and signwriting by Russ Thomas: http://www.rjthomas-signwriting.co.uk/
Below Left: Willie Cowper's 1952 Ford Popular front suspension
Below Right: Peter Hobbs's space-age springing
The 1960's: the fun begins
These are busy days at Oldstox. Thanks to Phil Smallshaw we can see the car of Ampthill, Bedford racer Richard Inwood #668,
Phil's uncle, who raced at Brafield and Southend in the mid sixties, in
variations of the Ford Popular car. Richard worked at LW Vass in
Ampthill, and amazingly the Smith twins Wally and Harvey who helped him
and ran breakdown at Brafield all those years ago, are still working at
Vass today, albeit part time, well into their eighties.
Sadly, Richard died in a road accident not long after he retired from stock car racing. PLEASE: if anyone has facts or photos of 668 Richard Inwood, I would be very graetful to know more.
January 2013: Roy Clarke
from Datchet was and is one of the unstoppables. Here we see his
smart 1960's Junior F2 cars, of which Roy has now created replicas for
Waving the chequered at Ringwood in 1965, below in a Ford Pop:.
January 2013: Brian Chidley
Thanks to his son Rob Chidley, we can look back on the racing career of Brian Chidley #768. Brian was a friend and rival
racer with Chick Woodroffe and with Don Roomes, who today still remembers
chasing Brian and seeing the nickname ”CHID” painted boldly across the back of
his stock car. Brian was from North London, drove tankers for a Southall company called
Claytons, and raced until 1966.
wife-to-be, Margaret Davies has been featured elsewhere on this website,
receiving a Ladies trophy at Brafield; she had borrowed Chick Woodroffe’s
Junior and ran away with the race even though she’d had to tie wooden blocks to
her shoes to reach the pedals. There's a longer story behind this:
Ladies Race included a regular racer, BriSCA-registered Jane Douglas in
her own car. Afterwards, sportingly, Jane felt the trophy she won
should go to Margaret Davies (Brian's fiancee). Here's promoter Graham Guthrie's letter, explaining the issue:
Here are the ladies themselves.
Brian Chidley's 768 in the pits.
For a Scotland vs England match, Brian was “seconded”
to the Scots team when one of their cars was damaged in transit (hit a bridge when
loaded too high on its bus). He scored a win for the northern invaders.
Brian competed in the 1963 F2 world championship as a
red-top, and in New Cross’s Lord Montagu Trophy race.
Two nice photos, first of Brian fettling the smoking, or steaming
motor of his Ford model Y in the pits, and then below, a great family shot of Brian with Margaret on
his right, and Margaret’s twin Shirley on Brian’s left. I think this may be
Hednesford, or (anyone??) It seems to me there were more smiles and laughter in those days.
Here is an action shot, track not identified (anyone??), with Brian's 768 getting "stuck well into it" against 616 Roy Clarke and 743 Alf Trower.
Brian helps again, by chauffeuring 738's driver.
Ready to go, behind a classic and now rare Standard Vanguard estate car.
Yukk: car smashed on a wet night.
Below, a pleasant contrast: Brian in 768 looking good!
Visible up there are also a Yank car and a London taxi,
and Brafield expert Russ Thomas spots the popular and logical strategy:
The V-8 would be taken out of the Yank for someone's Senior F1 stock
car, and the taxi's dependable and economical Perkins diesel would go
into the Yank to give it the pull needed for a tow car. Russ recalls a
hairy ride in Pete Poole's thus-equipped US station wagon through a
Happy couple: Brian and Margaret roll up their sleeves.
Dirty work at the 'Stow, also showing 838 Frankie Wooster.
Tying something up
in the pits. Aha, Russ Thomas recognizes the "fix", strapping the
steering wheel more-or-less straight so that the car could be towed
"roughly" in a straight line.
"Chid" had a racing pal under #767, shown below, a Hampstead neighbour named Johnnie Neal.
Room for a little 'un? Brian's lorry gives a piggy back to 767.
There were a hundred ways to transport a stock car. Would you get away with this nowadays?
767 gets a lot of attention,
767 on its trailer.
Another of Brian's friends, #817 was Len Tinker, another Hampstead racer.
died far too young, but was one of the sport’s
“no budget / no sponsor / do-it-yourself" stalwarts, who advanced
to the star grade / red roof, and without whom there would be
no stock car racing.
Here we meet George Teece, who raced under 618 and 518 in the Junior F2 wars, but if you check the THE FIFTIES page, you'll see that he was one of the very first pioneers of stock car racing in England.
George was a motor mechanic at Bray Motors in Hampstead, and raced Juniors from 1964 to 1969. His son John kindly sent some wild photos of his dad in action.
First, a rough Walthamstow race in 1965, in which Harry Andrews intended the bump but not the hang-up and arm injury:
3. the hang-up lets us see how tidily built this car was.
This photo may be the same meet, and shows George happily on all four wheels, up against USAF racer Grant Ford 664, and Fearless Freddie Funnel 58.
More fun and games when George borrowed the #705 Ford Popular for a Harringay outing. Hold your breath:
Looking good before the race
Worth quoting John Teece: "I was lucky to have a stock car driver for a dad."
August 2012: Hornsey
in North London was a Mecca for stock car racing in the sixties (the
Vincelli family for instance, and of course Harringay Stadium), and
here's a photo of local racer Doug Blackwell
relaxing in front of his Fiat-bodied F2 car. Sad to say, Doug
passed away suddenly this summer, but his daughter Kay, who sent these
photos, says Doug used to love talking about his glory days from 40
years ago. That cheery, ready-for-anything look is instantly recognizable as a feature of stock car racing in the golden age.
Doug raced at Harringay Stadium, naturally, and here he is on the centre green waiting for his Ford Prefect to cool off a bit. As well as Juniors, Doug also raced a Senior F1 #167 in 1963, and another F1 #336 in 1969-1970.
April 2012: Bedfordshire always produced a good crop of stock cars and drivers, especially in the Junior/F2 ranks. Thanks to Vic Cook
for these glimpses of the good old days. A native of Sandy, on
the A1 just east of Bedford, Vic raced between 1962 and 1969, starting
with this handsome 1937 10hp Y Type Ford:
Cook had two Y Types and three other Fords wearing Fiat bodies. The
motor was serious: Aquaplane head and cam, lightened flywheel,
close-ratio Wooler gearbox, etc. That's Vic at the wheel, above, with
his mates, left to right: Barry Sawford #151, Bernard Bywater, Malcolm
Atkins [it's his father's garage in Sandy] Dick
Harvey #445 and his girlfriend, Roy Reeves, Eric Gill, and Paul
Whitehead #156. I should mention that a reunion group photo
taken in 1999 shows that these guys, especially Vic, kept their
youthful looks very well ----.
Vic's local track was Brafield, where as a kid he'd watched the very early 50's midgets race, but he also raced at Walthamstow,
Harringay, Kings Lynn, Ringwood, Swindon, Crayford, Cadwell
Park, Hednesford, and holidays in the South West gave the opportunity to race at Plymouth, St. Austell,
and Newton Abbot. Vic did well in his racing, earning a blue roof.
The urge never went away, and 35 years after hanging up his helmet, Vic was back on an oval with Roy Clark's heritage car at Belle Vue in 2004. "Not again!" was roughly what his wife said ---- ;-)
February 2012: "Fun" is what Eric Taylor recognized as soon as he first saw stock cars ar Harrigay, and at age 19 he was in at the beginning of Junior racing with a 1937 Ford Y
under competition number 674 ---- and his debut at Brafield ended as
often happens: on lap two, on his roof. Undeterred, he then
built a 1948 Ford E93A
is Eric's all-time favourite, a 1937 1100cc Fiat, in which he scored
places and wins until a Harringay wreck wrote it off.
(That's a nice Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire tow car in the background.)
1966 Eric Taylor moved up a notch and bought a Cayzer Senior F1 car,
which you'll have to see on the SENIORS/SIXTIES page when I get that
ready. Eric fought his way to Blue top status in both Junior F2
and Senior F1, racing in both formulas for two years until 1968.
Eric started working on engines at the age of 10, and by age 15
had built two Ford specials! In between stock car stints he raced
very successfully in grass-tracking. Here's one of his cars [Ford straight six, triple carbs] at speed, and here are Eric's many trophies.
Thanks, Eric, for the photos and facts.
August 2011: Doug Fisher's photos and facts --- 10 photos from the early to mid sixties:
Before we start, here's a happy Doug on his 1977 BriSCA licence, whe he raced #63 in F1. And here's the rules he had to follow. Earlier, Doug Fisher had started in Junior F2's, racing this handy left-hand drive Ford built by Roy Clarke.
- Brian Baker 675's before and after
at Ringwood's Matcham's Park, and it was Brian's first stock car race.
He was a mate of Pat Willis, Roy Clarke, and Doug Fisher, and his
family ran a limousine service in Virginia Water.
- Wrecks on the infield --- 85 was once Pete Tucker's number; Pete's last race was July 25th 1963 ---.
- This Doug Fisher photo of #687 in the Brafield pits may have been taken the same day as a 1962 programme photo shown here. It is Fuzz Feazey from Biggleswade. An unusual and attractive narrowed body --- lots of hacksaw artistry there.
- This Fiat at Brafield is 616 Roy Clarke from Datchet.
- Dave Collier #624
raced back then, and like Roy Clarke is still to be seen at Heritage
races. In the background is #502, just possibly Bournemouth driver Bob
Plowman. At that time Dave lived right next door to the Clarke bros in Datchet.
- Roy and Dave pose in the sun; check out the cowboy jeans and bandana!
- Car talk, as Roy, Dave, and "A.N.Other" chat beside Roy's Fiat.
- Below: "It's not my car," says Don Roomes today, who once raced under #629. Possibly Graham Reynolds, who was from Banbury but moved to Staines and worked with Roy Clarke in
road haulage. However, Johnny Walker had 629 a few years later. Anyone else like to guess?
- Last of Doug Fisher's photo group, also in the Brafield pits: #658 Ian Durham , almost certainly.
May 2011: Ted Flory #719 tore up the tracks in the mid sixties, winning a handy bunch of tropies.
familiar grin of Johnnie Hoskins, the eternal showman, reminds me that
he lived to be 95 and receive an MBE --- and in the midst of mud and
dust at a dozen speedway and stock car tracks he would always wear that
formal suit and tie and overcoat and hat, and make any winner, no
matter how modest, feel like a champion.
Here is Ted Flory on parade:
learned the trade under veteran racer Harry Foote, who handed him a
half-finished car, and with pal Bryan Hinckley (with whom he later
shared racing), Ted got it on track and was winning at
Harringay at the age of 18, beating Dave and Ted Chisholm. Ted also did well at Rayleigh, Brafield, Crayford, Walthamstow, Kings Lynn, etc.
"Harringay was my favourite track." Ted was regularly a
blue-top, and a couple of times made "star" red-top status. Time and cost of travel, and the
advent of "clever" cars, sponsored rivals, racing tires, and full-race
engines, plus a growing promoters' preference for bangers, obliged Ted to
hang up his helmet. Ted's son David carried on the racing tradition (But no fencing!) with success in karts, formula cars and sports cars.
May 2011: A treat to hear from Don Roomes who raced Juniors under #629 and 729
from Staines, was winning races against the stars, and working for two
elite outfits: Ken Freeman until 1964, and then Jock Lloyd. [In the 1950's Ken & Jock had identical cars built on Packard chassis with V-12 Lincoln
Zephyr flathead engines and Morris Minor bodies. In
fact Don Roomes started as a 15-year-old at Staines in 1958, handling
Ken's V-12 monster, under #281. Don learned to drive in Ken's Ford
service van at the age of 12, in the field behind the Freeman garage;
the van had the accelerator in the middle --- remember those? ] He also helped Ken build the
famous Freeman Senior F1 cars,
some of which used a powerful Cadillac engine from a Pete Tucker car,
which Don fitted with imported race pistons and an "Isky" (Iskenderian)
cam. Later Don built Jock Lloyd's last car, a full-race Jag
motored device on a Morris commercial chassis.
Don: we used to balance the cars with a scaffold pipe across the chassis on a trolley
jack, with a driver in situ, and then roll the car back and forth on the pipe to make it
just front end heavy. The other mod was to the rear spring hangers, by inverting them it
lowered the rear end and this in turn tipped the front of the diff down and it gave more traction. Real
home engineering. Don's engineering skills created a unique modified
cam gear for Junior F2 use, with what he calls a 7-degree
difference, that no-one else was using. Don did absolutely
all his own engine work "except for boring because I didn't have a
boring bar". Like many mechanics he recalls the awkward upside-down
fuss and risk of dropping valve collets down into the sump of a
side-valver! He also remembers Aubrey Leighton's hospitality:
when Ken Freeman's stock-car fishtailed during a tow to Brafield and
hit a lamp post, damaging the front axle, Leighton put his garage and
equipment immediately at their disposal, and they still got to the track
in time to race.
the first Junior F2 World Championship title at Swindon in 1963, and
was in the
leading pack until a pothole he'd been carefully avoiding
finally put him in the fence. Here's Don marching beside Chick W.
in that championship's pre-race parade, with the drivers marching in their grid formation (Goodman, who won the WF is just visible in row 2). Also in 1963 Don picked up Harringay's Raceway Trophy [photo at top] In 1964 Don got the Swindon checkers, here sharing the victory lap with Woodroffe.
Don in action at Harringay, on the outside of Roy G. with 140 Slick Slater and 549, perhaps Neil Johnson.
Here Don is again at Harringay, closely pursued by #30, probably Maxie Bacon. [Junior F2 numbers changed constantly.]
Don Roomes really knew the business; he was made guest-of-honour
at Smeatharpe for his 60th birthday, and today is a keen 'radio
ham' and amateur photographer at his home in Devon.
Below: Don and Maureen are blessed
to be able to look back over some 48 years to those happy early days of stock
car racing; and hey doesn't that handsome guy remind you of Bruce
I reckon fans will be very happy to see these photos and facts. Cheers, Don.
April 2010: Unidentified car on its side in Brafield's Turn One, with the driver leaping to safety while the radiator spews water from its underside; 1962 photo.
January 2011: Brafield 1963. Junior racing was so popular with drivers and spectators, and these two copyright photos show those happy days. First, a schemozzle at the end of the front straight and first bend: we can see numbers 843, 555 [maybe Nobby Lambert], 62, and perhaps 595 in the background. Next, a rollover
at the 'bottom" bend. We can see dear old Fred's Hot Dogs, and at
the top right, in the distance, a curious group of white
structures, probably on a farm --- any guesses --- fair/gymkhana? February 2011: Say cheese: Brafield's 1966 F2 World Championship entrants. Recognize some faces?
Bateman Beats 'Em:
while Eddie Asling [left] and Johnny Marquand bravely "enjoy" their 2nd and 3rd places ---
Eddie Asling, originally from Dulwich [home to some of the sport's wildest men ---] later settled in South Africa, where his son Chris Asling has carried on the Aslling racing tradition. Does anyone know whether an Eddie Asling car is on show or in storage,
perhaps in Swindon? His nephews Ken and Mark Asling would like to trace
it. Eddie raced under #253, 283, and 646, and I believe his dad or
brother Cyril Asling also raced under 746.
Johnny Marquand passed away in 2011, a man who "lived life for the moment" according
to one of his old friends, one of many who travelled down to Notter
Bridge to say farewell. Johnny opened Notter Bridge Garage in
1963, still flourishing, and today his grandson Joe continues the
Marquand racing tradition.
That photo, and that WC programme cover, courtesy of racer John Langston.
January / February 2011: South West racer John Langston,
#542 just got in touch, and here for starters are three excellent track
photographer shots of action at Plymouth in 1966/67.
Plymouth was tarmac'd in 1964, before which cars shared it with greyhounds and
- John moves Andy Webb gently out of the way ---- 'Scuse me Andy.
- #554 John Holley loops it, #779 Horace "Minty" White [Milbrook] and #716 [Roy Clarke?] escape, and John #542 plans his attack..
- The Langston car goes a bit wide and "Minty" White tightens the corner.
- Here is John 542 figuring which way to avoid a rollover; 724 may be USAF Dick Hawkins; 739 may be Torquay's Brian Thompson.
Three Plymouth programme covers: one; two; three.
January 2011: Clear
Brafield sky in December 1965, and the fans were "friz" as they say in
Northamptonshire. But Dave Chapman's camera was working, and here are
two photos of action in Turn 4:
you notice some unusual 'patrons' occupying the back of the grandstand
photos? Look again. When I saw these photos, I figured the
neighbouring farmer had quietly stored his hay bales there for the
winter; but Rick Young recalls the bales were brought out and propped
in front of the steel fence posts as protection
for pre-race go-kart activities. Good idea.
The mid-pack blue top is identified by Rick Young as The
Announcer's Nightmare --- just try saying
"666 Slick Slater from Sherrington". Can anyone help with 514 or 350?
December 2010: HELP, Whose car?? This photo was
taken by Bedford racer Andy Abel, a Junior coming out of
the bottom turn at Brafield. It is almost certainly the Fiat Topolino #699 shown in this photo, but I don't know which 699 driver it is, as three drivers had #699: J. Johnson, John Paddock, and Ron Wood. (Or is that a 689 --- ?)
November 2010: Colour photo of the #93 Junior car of Tony Wicks
from Wisbech. Better known for his Senior / F1 exploits, Tony
also raced this Morris-bodied F2; photo courtesy of Tony's daughter
Susan, [visible at the front in the stock car jumper]
August 2010: Panoramic
photo of an unusual kind of race --- Brafield's management loved
novelty, and so did the crowds -- what is wrong with this 1963
Junior F2 race?
Above you can just see the #230 car of Johnny Allen
from New Cross in this "Wrong-way-round Race", whose aim was to confuse
and entertain both the racers and the spectators. Johnny Allen
coincidentally can be seen helping out in the photo
below from the same anonymous donor, a fine tangle between 711
and 675 Terry Trew:
November 2010: a welcome surprise from Jack's son Tony is a photo of a painting of Jack Kitchen in action, diving
crossed-up and opposite-locking into the corner --- a dramatic
piece of art.
Sad update December 2012: A busy, happy man for 83 years, Jack Kitchen passed
away on 13th December 2012. His son Tony gave me the news. Jack
was a lorry driver all his working life, loved to tinker, grew fruit
and vegetables, and was married for 52 years; Jack was based in
Upwell and then the tiny village of Three Holes not far from Wisbech,
on the Norfolk-Cambs border --- the same flat countryside that produced
racers like Tony Wicks, Ron Pears, Viv Harper, and Haley Calvert.
July 2010: Brafield Bash: #642 Pete Poole from Bedford starts to unbuckle from his wreck, while 66 scoots past. (no F2 name for 66 in my lists, but that signwriting is certainly USAF Ted Janes' trademark and F1 number) Photo from hot-rod champ Gordon Bland.
July 2010: From an anonymous contributor: a panorama of Hednesford Hills [showing clearly the nature of
the old reservoir bowl], their Easter Monday 1963 meeting. I can only
identify the 646 Eddie Asling car, and do not have id's for the others,
but the donor tells me that J838 Frankie Wooster was the winner.
The meet included motorcycle outfits as well as Juniors.
a gem. This
early Ford Y raced the tarmac at Brafield and I snapped the photo in
1963 when Danny Bassett was both National and European points champion.
The "Juniors", later renamed F2, provided red-hot
racing with side-valve engines and maybe a couple of SU
carbs bolted on. Danny [actual name Dennis] was from
Woolwich, London, a larger-than-life character who was always grinning,
and I hear he had done some wrestling too. Danny
was to die tragically in January 1964 in
Channel, with the mysterious loss of the motor yacht "Christine",
sailing at midnight from
Ramsgate. The incident was the centre of a
legal case and a coroner's inquest in Dover, amid
various stories and gossip in the press about the ill-fated
voyage and who else was on it and what they were carrying, and where
they were going; not the only time the world of stock car
been touched by whodunnit rumours.
March 2010: Forty-six
years on, Danny's niece Linda still remembers him as being her "favourite uncle", and who was known to pals as a loveable rogue,
touring the tracks with his racing buddy Maxie Bacon, also from
nudge, "someone told me": at a London track Danny came to the rescue of a
racer pitted next to him, whose Junior 10 axle had sheared, and within 10 minutes
Danny came back with and fitted a replacement. Danny packed up and left early that night,
but later at the end of the evening, a lonely spectator car was sitting
axle-less in the parking lot ---- just a coincidence, right?
Danny's last car went to Eddie Asling, but
his first had appeared at the very beginning: New Cross in April
alongside his friend Pete Tucker [who, for Linda, autographed a copy of his "Thrill of the Century" with a dedication in memory of Danny]. Along with the national headlines of the Daily Sketch, Linda has kindly sent two touching photos of Danny's headstone, with a typically generous spread of wreaths from the stock car community.
JULY 2011: Ex-racer Grant
who raced Junior #428 and Senior #29, in cars built by Barry van
den Oetelaar, by Spedeworth champ Stan Engle, and jointly built with
Gerry Sheldrake. Grant remembers the carefree days at the Cunnews'
caravan settlement at Keysoe, Beds. ("Stock car heaven"),
noisily located close to the end of the RAF Thurleigh runway,
and a collecting point for racers --- Danny Bassett was one ---
converging on Brafield and Coventry. Grant has many memories of
people helping each other out and
working long and hard to do so, even if they'd been fencing each other
the day before. Danny Basset's car once had an engine
replaced in it while it was on a transporter travelling to Brafield,
and it was ready in time for Danny to pick up a 2nd place. Grant
Tabor himself had 'grown up around engines', and once built Jaguar
the famous Lister-Jaguar sports-car outfit in Cambridge. He later
moved to the US, raced midget cars but his "Tiny" 6ft 4in stature was an
obstacle. Grant also ran the big winged Sprint cars, and ushered his
son through the Midget ranks. Grant found his niche building
race engines for NASCAR's multi-million-dollar Childress Racing team,
and still keeps his hand in doing engine work for other racers. Grant, [who was back then listed as Graham],
remembers the long-ago labour of having to personally machine every
special part for a motor, compared to today's wealth of off-the-shelf
were adored by the stock car community for their unhesitating help
and generosity to one and all --- caravans for sleeping, tools and
parts for cars, and mass breakfasts -- Doll sometimes cooking for 30
hungry drivers and mechanics. Ted and Doll both worked at RAF
Thurleigh (later Royal Aircraft Establishment), but when they moved up
from London for the job, they could not get planning permssion to build
on their purchased plot ---- it was under the jet fighter flight path!
Hence the wonderful 'settlement' of informal temporary buildings
and structures at their Keysoe paradise. January 2012: Another "Keysoe pilgrim" was Steve Pringle.
Leytonstone, Steve at a very young age was a helper to Terry Coell, and
knew Les Suckling, Reg Pryor, "all the Plaistow crowd", and the
travelling got Steve to Keysoe, where he learned to drive at age 9 in
the field behind the Cunnew settlement. [One stock car driver got
married in the field.]
Keysoe meant that Alconbury USAF was not far away, and Steve got
to know Ted Janes, Grant Ford, and Dick Hawkins. Here's a rare
photo of the KEYSOE TOP KATS celebrating [full size jpg available]:
The legendary Ted [bow tie] and 'Doll' Cunnew have son Eddie [glasses] to their right. Directly behind Ted and Doll is Keysoe racer Chris George #215, and if you look right from him, without a hat, that's Tommy Keep #83/783 from Chingford. Scrutineer George Stannard is almost hidden at the back, third from right. Big thank-you to Steve Pringle for the photo and the names.
Three photos of young Eddie Cunnew in action: May 2012: A big thanks to Steve for this bit of history -- a recent visit to the still-extant Cunnew "compound" at Keysoe found this Eddie Cunnew car quietly returning to nature. It was bought from Fuzz Feasey #687 in 1962 on this day in this state, and Eddie still has it!
Give the contributor some credit --- here's Steve Pringle #528 in action, first at Stoke / Chesterton which operated on-again off-again as a stock car venue under various names.Now Steve at Brafield:
- On the grid beside 525. The 'blanket' fans at the fence are Steve's mum and dad and wife-to-be June.
- A classic sunny day Brafield turn 1 shot, with Steve lifting the inside wheel.
recently Steve not only joined the VSCA but also did Veterans races at
Areana Essex and Bristol, borrowing Jason Walter's 540 car: Modern speed (Steve's comment below), and Don Round presents a prize to Steve, beside Jason W.
'The main difference between my old cars and
Jason's 540 car is that the modern version does everything you ask it to.
Also when you hit the brakes it
actually stops! They nearly all handle the same and I
think the majority of modern drivers could swop cars and not notice the
difference. In the "good old days" not many cars were the same, which
meant more enjoyable racing. Back then we all built our own cars and maintained
them ourselves as well. Our success or failure was normally down to us and not
went on to race SCOTA cars, which I will put in the SEVENTIES page.
Other memories include helping Dirty Dennis get his brakes done enough
to pass scrutineering; going to the Graveley air strip with
Keysoe racers to test cars; sunny Sunday lunches in the Keysoe
field, with Doll serving a feast to some 20 stock car drivers and
mechanics; the early days when the Cunnews did not have mains
electricity, and "someone" who needed to arc-weld tapped into the RAF
Thurleigh landing lights; mechanic'ing for Steve Hibben, Mini-Rofd and
F2 stock car racer; friendship with Graham and Stuart Guthrie and
Cunnew mechanic Terry Farmer; trips to stay at the St Austell farm of
Walter Bovey #565. Steve Pringle's first stock car was an ex-Eddie Cunnew car, though he built his own later F2 and SCOTA vehicles. THANKS STEVE FOR THE PHOTOS AND MEMORIES.
Flippin' 'eck -- those Juniors gave us a lot of light-hearted fun. This one is flippin' over:
--- and here below 766's driver Doug Barber is watching 627 on its back and 744 Len Field stalled across the track:
644 Ron Gaskin from Chertsey, 668 unidentified, 468 American Bud Meyers,
and possibly 409 Woodroffe, all watch another typical "Junior Rollover"
Woodroffe and Don Roomes ended up with a dead tie in the Brafield
points title; here is their lap of honour
before a one-on-one match
race decider --- which Chick won. Don Roomes was a true pioneer
--- he began his racing at age 15 at Staines in 1958, and raced until
1964 under numbers 281 (Seniors), 629 and 729 (Juniors).
"Junior Jam": One reason those terraces were packed on a Sunday was that, with Junior 10's / F2s racing, everyone knew SOMETHING was going to happen on every corner. Happy days.Below:
Roy Goodman 163 (the longest career in stock cars: he was on the grid for his fiftieth season in 2004)
being towed. Remember plastic macs? Looking at the crowds in
these photos, over the 48 years since they were taken, --- were
there more "family mums and dads" and grandparents of mature years
than we see at today's races? It was after all a Sunday
afternoon out, including "a nice drive in the car", which was still a pleasant novelty for many people in 1962.
I am very grateful to the kind anonymous donor of these early colour photos: a real treat for everyone.
: Pioneers at New Cross. Friday July 20th 1962 saw a big Johnny Hoskins promotion. Fan Graham Cox, who was there that night, kindly scanned the programme, results written in [note: high-resolution, large jpg files].
Front and back covers; pages 2-3 with driver list; pages 4-5 with results; and pages 6-7 points standings and adverts.
Oops, look who else was there that night:
Montague of Beaulieu was part of the New Cross event, and he
completed a few demo laps of the track in his own car. His
lordship did the same at Belle Vue and/or Brandon later on. Old Johnny Hoskins was a shrewd promoter and no snob.
Bob The Byfield Basher, #98 Bob Laurie shown here is pretty typical fashion in Brafield's first-turn fence. [This was 1962, photo courtesy "Stonemason", a veteran fan who has often helped me build this site. ]
Bob, Brian, and Cecil Laurie were farming brothers from Byfield near
Daventry. Here are two more photos of Laurie's car. Laurie does the dirty deed at Brafield to someone in front of Fred's Hot Dogs. Bob's chickens come home to roost! [photo from USAF driver Ed Bilak, track not identified].
From a Summer 1967 Hednesford Hills newsletter, not an F2/Junior, but awfully similar to Danny B's --- it's a pioneering hot-rod with an 1800cc MG motor, and hot rod fans will know who raced under 00 --- Martin Morris, son of promoter Bill Morris (thanks to Trevor Chater who not only recognized the car but watched Martin race it) [scan from David Hughes]
Two Junior racers, and 684 is John Lynes
who took part in a "Stock Car Racing School" at Brafield, described in
the SENIORS IN THE SIXTIES section. The 688 car is Brian Cook, and both photos are from a Brafield programme scanned by Russ Thomas.
"It's a Small world"
as they say --- just a week or so after loading the John Lynes photo
above, Nigel Harradine (featured just below by pure coincidence)
e-mailed to say that he raced John Lynes's last BriSCA F2 car; Nigel
had known John through work, travelled and helped him out with the
stock car, and eventually took over the car. John Lynes had a
lucky angel even before he raced BriSCA, surviving a massive road crash
that put his steering wheel up to the roof ---.Ex-racer Nigel Harradine
is the website's "first-footer" in the new decade, so thanks Nigel for
these Junior F2 snapshots from mid-sixties Brafield. First three
shots from 1965 of Bill Barker 681 getting stuck in (Gordon Aucott somewhere in there), then #230 Johnny Allen who backs out safely, and then Bill escaping as two more cars pile into the mess (163 Roy Goodman, and perhaps that's Chick Woodroffe with him). In a separate incident at the same turn, car #514 of Gordon Fisher clips the RSJ while #756 scoots past, and finally 501 hits the fence.
Hot rods were a new formula in 1965, and unlike today's "cookie
cutter" specials, here we see a Morris Minor, a Lotus Cortina, and a 105E Anglia.
And since Nigel sent those shots of other drivers' cars, here is his 1973 "Modstox" racer, #314, and a rear view of the Mini-bodied missile, showing his proud membership of the numerous "Hatfield gang".
Another 1965 Brafield photo just arrived from Nigel H., showing #502, who is probably Mike Taylour [sic] from Rugby (Thanks Russ Thomas) although Bob Plowman from Bournemouth once had that number --- but in those days racers were in and out of BriSCA
Junior licences so often that you can't be sure. Anyway, as Pete
Tucker says in his book, you simply could not beat the 1960's Junior
10's for sheer fun and action and laughs and excitement, at little cost
and mostly no harm done.
If you've watched ESPN, Speed Channel, etc, you have probably seen Derek Daly
presenting motorsports programmes. If you've followed
Indianapolis and Formula One GP racing (March, Williams, Tyrrell), or
F3 racing, you know that Daly raced internationally for over 17 years.
He now runs successful racing academies and motivational seminars, and
has authored a book. At the start of 2010, Rick Young took a
snapshot of a Daly presentation at a motor sports show in Canada
--- when Daly projected a slide of his very first competition car,
which he raced at the age of 16 in his native Ireland --- and here it is
Juniors at Brafield from 1962, from Trevor Richings [Rod Dore's mechanic]. Fearless Freddie Funnell 58 turns the corner while Eddie Cunnew's 727 flips in front of Fred's Hot Dogs.
No wonder the crowds loved Junior racing: three rollovers,
and that's just what's visible in this shot; the 140 car going past was "Slick" Slater.
You want proof of
the popularity of stock-car racing in 1962? Here's a full house
watching Chick Woodroffe's #409
get into a tire smoking spin. Quite a few drivers raced both
Junior and Senior cars, often under the same number; here is Rugby's Ted Elliott [cited as "Eddie"] in his upturned #444. John Miles in 672 was not left with much car to hook up, after this incident. Here is a distant blurry photo of Gordon Aucott, I reckon one second before he got a stiff neck. Lastly, a mystery photo, no names,
but it may be of Senior cars, and may be 1950's, as the one on the left
looks a bit like Leighton's Chrysler, but --- the rest look like skinny
Junior cars. Any guesses?
Thanks to Tim Thompson for this newspaper clipping. The track is Kings Lynn, and the smiling promoter at the front is Chick Woodroffe
-- see the "WW" monogram on his overalls? The second "W" would be
Dougie Wardropper, who partnered Chick in opening the Kings Lynn track.
Two other definite identities are Ron Pears, second from left, scowling in his helmet, and Haley Calvert on the right looking mysterious with a drooping cigarette. The smiling man on the car's bonnet also has a smoke. The
year before, these chaps had been asked to pose by a photographer,
sitting on their cars, holding tins of Player's SUN VALLEY tobacco "for
a local magazine", but it appeared in a national daily's Saturday
edition. I believe the man on the far left is
Arthur Handley, and the smoking "mechanic" is NOT Dave Chisholm
but Dave's mechanic Charlie [thanks to Tony Kitchen and Dave Chisholm himself for that 2010 update] .
For those who bought baccy and rolled their own, here's the trademark:
to Russ Thomas, one-time "deejay" at Brafield Stadium,
some tasty shots of the Juniors in full 'wrecking' mode: Willie
Cowper #553 being rolled by dashing Dave Chisholm #552,
back in 1963. Here is one of Willie Cowper #553, enjoying
a quick puff while his mechanic dives into the car. Okay,
education time, thanks to Brafield's deejay Russ Thomas who knew
everyone: stock car racer Willie Cowper was descended
from the 18th century Northants poet and hymn writer William Cowper.
If you recognize the phrase GOD moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform, that's from a Cowper hymn. Variety is the spice of life or Monarch of all I survey? All from William Cowper poems 200 years ago. Sermon over, folks!
a photo that Rick Young sent me years ago, which I just found again. Here are some of his mates'
motors in the pits at Brafield: Packed in the truck is the Tony Southam car
from Haddenham, behind it is # 625 John Gray from Oundle, and nearest
the camera is the stripey part-Renault 4CV car 773 of Mick Whitney,
another of the Beds-'n'-Herts posse.
you, Brian Clements. Brian is still in touch, 40 years on, with
F2 racers like Mick Whitney, Tony Southam and Kenny Horne. Brian
names the "waltzing five" drivers in the above photo as #500 Con Lambert [Lewisham], 689 Johnny Marquand [Saltash], and 735 Cecil Bennett [Millbrook]. Any offers on #528? In the Clements collection is this centre spread of an Abbey Stadium programme from April 1963, which shows Con, Johnny, and Cecil.
Also from Brian, the cover of Swindon's 1963 World F2 Final programme; and from its back cover [and not necessarily a Swindon photo]
Jock Lloyd 131 and Chick Woodroffe 409 coming together in fine style, as they did for so many
years at so many tracks. On the left is 608 Eric Trowell from Brockley. As Brian Clements says, the great thing
about Junior / F2's is that everyone, drivers and spectators alike,
felt it was "their" formula.
Big headache coming for this nose-diving car, as # 206 hurries past; Walthamstow or Harringay in 1964. This Swindon programme from 1964, thankfully, gives all five names from a night-time race.
Waiting for the flag
to drop in 1962 at New Cross stadium; 833 is Laurie Stott from
Beckenham, 714 is Brian Seynour from Southampton, 649 is Jimmie Weston.
This Lewisham SE14 oval,
adjacent to the fearsome Milwall Football Club, was for years home to
speedway, had a 26,000 capacity, and filled it to overflowing for
Britain's first stock-car race in 1954 (what an optimistic time that
must have been), it was sadly left to go derelict and demolished in
Junior F2's at Hednesford in 1963, and spot the escaped wheel coming into the picture..
At Matchams Park nr Ringwood, Chick Woodroffe's distinctive # 1 car is one of the waltzing five , and 689 is Johnny Marquand, with #500 being Lewisham's Con Lambert; 1964 photo. As
I often ask on this site, let me know if you can name any un-identified drivers. Junior F2's galore! Below, Trevor
Richings sent scans of lively Juniors in action at
Walthamstow, Harringay, Brafield, New Cross, West Ham and Hednesford, from 1963-5.
Harringay, with 230 Johnny Allen and 608 Dennis Pemberton;
Car 518 at Harringay; Car 651 Ron Williams, possibly at Walthamstow;
Twice in a row at Harringay in 1964, car 663, and 663 again here with #37 Don Evans;
Car 674 Eric Taylor from Ware in the pack at Walthamstow; More Brafield action;
Jayne Douglas, a USA visitor raced Juniors under #609. Jayne written up. Note:
Plain "Jane" was Roy Goodman's 'woops' spelling signwritten on
her car. I have heard from elsewhere that a light-hearted
promoter's conspiracy had Jayne's front axle/steering set up to
encourage whacky cornering --- wonder if that's true?!
A 1964 Brafield programme photo of Jayne Douglas, with a witty caption.
Chick Woodroffe wins the WF semi final at Harringay, over Bryan Hinckley, 1965; Brafield Juniors;
Even more Brafield Juniors; Brian Hinckley 606 does a flying attack on USAF racer Grant Ford at Walthamstow; Lambert brothers at Harringay in '64;
Women racers being interviewed at Brafield in '65.
More Harringay fun: 511 "D.Pakman" gets part-airborne, chased by what look like 627 (Howard White?) and 582 (Barry Moore?), and #616 (twin SU carbs poking out of the side) has attacked # 652's door.
Who's going where? 662 Mick Avery chases 658 Don Blenkinsop one way while 681 and 567 head the other way.
West Ham saw 716 (Datchet's Roy Clarke) sideways while 677 is heading for it.
Turn on your speakers: If
you are a YouTube surfer you may have come across this
excellent 5-minute clip, from an early-1960's amateur cine film:
Junior F2 racing at Arlington Raceway. Let's see if the link works. The video owner has kindly added some trad jazz / boogie music to the silent film.
Here's Brian Hallam #623 from Sapcote with some serious crash damage. (Scan thanks to Trevor Richings).
Courtesy of Alan Humphrey (a ton of Alan's Spedeworth archive photos are 'stacked up' in my cyberspace waiting to be loaded here),
two shots of Barry Van Den Oetelaar's cars. Barry originally
raced Senior / F1's, but then moved on to both racing AND promoting
Barry 1 and Barry 2 (in that one it looks as though B. has two cars running).
Hot Rods back then
August 2011: Making history, in more ways than one. The late great Peter Arnold,
who with his devoted wife Frida, were the "heart" of stock car racing
in the early and mid sixties, appears in these two unique and rarely-seen
photos sent by Russ Thomas. When Hednesford / Bill Morris / Doug
Warner were evolving the hot rod formula, Doug built a lightweight
prototype, and here Peter Arnold (in a proper sports jacket and tie, of
course!) tries it out. Track not certain. Peter 1; Peter 2 below:
Side trip for
my BriSCA site, but these hot-rod photos are amazing. Doug Warner was racing a
stock car in the late 1950's, and was a regular in Hot Rods in the 1960's.
Hot Rod World Champion (1979) Gordon Bland has sent me these.
First is Doug in his 1963 hot rod. Gordon has rebuilt
that old car to perfection, and on a sunny July Sunday in 2008 Doug climbed
"back" in and ran some fast laps at Hednesford, even giving it some
opposite lock --- but then Doug is only 84 years old! Doug 1963. New Doug 1. New Doug 2 New Doug 3.
Gordon Bland was also
Chairman of the British Stock Car Racing Supporters Club in 1968/69, and
co-edited their magazine. January 2009: Ancient & Modern: Gordon Bland kindly passed on this photo of the late great Bill Morris and his son Martin, in front of Doug Warner's hot-rod (before Gordon's super restoration).
January 2011: Martin Morris had
just turned 16 years old when he took a 'prototype' hot-rod to a
New Cross Junior meeting in 1962 (May 30th), in an attempt to break the
track's 4-lap record. Here's Johnnie Hoskins's programme note (bottom of 1st column, top of 2nd.) Here is the full roster
of that night's Junior/F2 racers --- some wonderful nicknames. I
understand that when Martin was told about the existence of this
programme scan recently, even before reading it he could
accurately name a good many of the drivers present and recall
exactly what he did --- the Morris memory almost 49 years on!
That night's programme also contained this photo of Chick Woodroffe tangled with Johnny King; in it, Woodroffe's 409 is obvious, but I admit I don't know which is the King car --- anyone?
August 2010: Viv Harper climbs out of his high-perched car on top of Brian Priddle #696. Photo kindly sent by William Smith, who
lived in the same village as Harper (and Tony Wicks, and Ron Pears, AND
Haley Calvert ---- was there something in the Wisbech water?)
Here is #
by Rick Young as Dave Wycherley
from Crowland, Lincolnshire), a bit daring in bare arms. FORTY YEARS ON, Dave Wycherley is back racing a replica
of that Topolino, #661, in the BriSCA Heritage series, and
his son races F2's as well.
Alconbury Spartan team member Ed Bilak sends six photos
of Junior and Banger action at Brafield and Walthamstow. The digital dates you may see on the photos
are NOT from 40 years ago. Unknown Brafield
#664 at Brafield. Ed
himself in 653 at Brafield. Then come three shots of Ed in his 653 Junior at Walthamstow. One — Two — Three. Ed
Bilak raced # 653, and here is a super photo of Ed himself
at the base on a bright and breezy day, sent in by Hank Nalli. Ed was
based at Alconbury and was an ace mechanic, painter, body man, and
racer. Ed raced at Kings Lynn, Brandon, and Brafield. Like most USAAF
men Ed had the run of the base workshops, a wise policy by "the brass"
to make sure the guys were happy on their foreign postings.
Proud souvenirs: March 2011: Ed Bilak kindly sent this recent photo of his Alconbury Spartans helmet and jacket, that he has loyally preserved through all the years.
veteran George Fennell who was based at Alconbury 1967-1970 sent
this great action shot of F2 Juniors on a sunny Sunday in 1969
at Brafield. Zooming past are Viv
Harper #713 in yet another Topolino [where
DID they find those Fiats?] from Wisbech, and Eddie Cunnew
racers: British stock-car racing benefited hugely from the participation of
US servicemen from the many air bases, especially in the Midlands and
East Anglia. Many are mentioned under the SENIORS IN THE SIXTIES section. Here
are some photos from Ed Bilak of
the Alconbury Spartans stock-car team. Ed, who was originally
from Pennsylvania, has kept some of his mementoes from 1965-1966 and
has kindly sent these: Kings
Lynn Poster; Brafield
Pass and Membership; another
pass. Here is Grant
Ford, who is also shown further down this page; here is Ron
Shomber; and here is a super group photo,
and the names are — A2c Ed
Bilak, A2c Jim
Crye, A1c Clyde
Nichols, A1c Mark Thomson, TSGT.Ted Janes, A3cSSGT Grant
Ford, A3c James Sawyer. This photo was in the "Photogram" Alconbury
base paper from 11th March 1966. Thanks to Ed for this slice
More USAF: A big thank-you
to Aubrey Leighton's daughter, Carol Cockings, who gave me a ton
of terrific photos, including these of USAF flyer Grant Ford, from
the Alconbury base, who raced Juniors under # 664 in the 1960s and
who married Miss Brafield, now Maggie Ford. Below, at Brafield Grant gets spun in front of Fred's famous haute-cuisine dining experience:
Grant sits in
the fence. Mud splash. Grant
as a proud dad with
daughter Annette (Notice the Keith Barber logo on the car.).
Grant tries to slip through
the outside of this tangle.
Grant Ford is the sandwich in
this night-time crunch with Steve Bateman 676. Parade lap in
colour. And mid-parade,
facing the camera, at unidentified track.
pile-up between 637 Reg Spragg and 370,
among others. (Photo
courtesy Carol Cockings)
Ford in a night crash —
track and other car, anyone? Thanks
to keen-eyed Ian "Mac" McCarthy, who pinpoints both
the date and the track: Walthamstow Stadium in 1965 —
1st October to be precise — and the 541 car entangled
with Grant Ford is that of blue-grader Brian Wilcox, a Cornish
raced in BSCDA # 641, in Spedeworth #111, and Alwalton Superstocks
#33, and still has the Walthamstow programmes for that year
and that night.
more treats: from the 1960
STOCK CAR HANDBOOK, four years' results statistics; and a
LONG EATON programme from May
21st, 1960, listing four American racers from
Chelveston (it says "RAF" because the RAF actually owned
Grant Ford with two very well-groomed gentlemen leaning against Grant's
Woodroffe (left) and Jock Lloyd no less. Grant rolls his
Ford Model Y while #689 [not
Bill Barker as previously labelled] leads
in his Topolino F2.
What British stock car racing would be like, if the Americans had not been here for that crucial early period?
from Steve Farndon, [see more below] about
his father Sid Farndon's opening and promoting of the Tamworth
the way, Sid's older brother Tom Farndon was one of Britain's greatest
speedway stars, and rode for the Brandon Bees at Coventry. First, a historic document: in 1960 the BSCDA inspected the facility
and gave it this 100%
Notice that Fred Mitchell was there to represent the drivers,
and Darkie Wright for the Control Board. Darkie raced
1960, as did Ted Pankhirst and Pete Tucker, as well as Pat Willis #25
who was also Secretary of the BSCDA. Sid Farndon raced under #224, and
here is his licence
cover, and his signed licence
very first Junior (F2) meeting held, at Tamworth on August
21st 1960. Steve Farndon has sent these great photos. That day's programme, first
list, and second
WESTON, that name brings back memories! Then a terrific
shot of a cars
leaving the track; 123 is Les Wesley. Look at the chap on the bottom right —-
you don't see many people dressed like that today at a stock-car
a dramatic photo of starter
Jim Beet dropping the chequered flag. Jim was
later to be one of the very rare fatal casualties of racing. My
thanks to Steve.
the same month, two people have donated photographs of their fathers'
racing activities. First, Neil Walker, whose father Will Walker raced in Northern Ireland,
in County Down's CLANDBOYE STADIUM in the late 1960's. Clandboye
was managed first by "Barracuda Promotions" and then by Spedeworth. Not
only Neil's father but his uncle too raced there, and one enterprising
team was soldiers from Belfast's Hollywood Barracks, whose car had
real horns attached to the bonnet, and a "tail" of rope hanging
from the back; of course it was nicknamed
"The Bull". I will simply list the images by number and leave
you to enjoy them: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12.
Andrews sent these excellent photos of his father, Harry J. Andrews,
who raced at West Ham in 1964, and who reached "red top" status. Harry
on parade; and then some shots of Harry in vigorous action: 1; 2; and 3.
"Chick" Henson raced this Junior at Brafield at the very first-ever Junior 10 event there; only two Juniors
were approved as being to spec., and the remainder were
quickly re-classified as 'Jalopies'. These two photos were taken
about 1960. Terry's nickname? "HEN + SON = CHICK" —- the
promoters loved to cook up corny nicknames back
then. Forty-six years later,
here is Chick's
car; and another view.More
from Terry "Chick" Henson, and very high quality photos they are too,
so thanks Mr Henson. Brafield in July 1964 sees Chick's 177 parked in front of an "ambulance" coach. In
the far right background you can see the white 301 Senior of Dirty
Dennis Burdett-Coutts on its trailer with its Austin Sheerline
limousine. Two years later in June 1966 Chick is running the popular Fiat Topolino body, here shown getting attention on the centre green (with Fred's Hot Dogs in the far background of course). Getting a nudge in turn 1, courtesy of #502. And here's fame for you: Chick Henson introduces sixties pop singer "Eden Kane" to the world of stock car racing.
Eden Kane [born in India as Richard Sarstedt] topped the hit parade in 1961 with "Well I Ask You"
, and had several top five hits, toured with Marty Wilde, Joe Brown,
Helen Shapiro, etc. His career later continued in Australia and
then the USA, where he still lives. Star Trek fans may recognize
him as one of the pilots of the Starship Enterprise. His brother Peter
Sarstedt scored with "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?" in 1969, and
another brother, Robin Sarstedt, also recorded songs. http://www.edenkane.com/index.html
Finally, a photo taken at Kings Lynn,
also in June 1966, where Terry Henson enjoys the sunshine on a parade lap, and
if you enlarge the photo to look at the spectators --- suit jackets,
dress shirts, smart ties --- we were not a scruffy bunch in the
sixties when we went to the stock cars.
Conway sent me this photo nearly 2 years ago, and it got lost in
my files since then. Anyway, Alan was Chissy's mechanic on
F2 Junior #552, and here is DC
well in the mix with 511 "D.Pakman" and 676 Steve Bateman. Thanks, Alan.
to Rick Young for this action shot of Todd
Sweeney 531 at --- Brafield?? NO: eagle-eyed Alan Humphrey
has sent the next photo of the same
crash, taken from the other side, and the track is Arlington
Raceway in Eastbourne, date 1967.
Todd, # 631, used to build 'em, race 'em, mechanic 'em too. Here's John on
only his second outing (in 1979 ) at Brafield, having a turnaround. [Photo
from Paul Huggart's book 'The Complete Book of Short Oval Racing', 1980.] John's
first race, at Skegness, earned him one whole quid, for 6th place: the
prize wouldn't make you rich, but a 6th place in a debut race was
quite something. John also used to build F1 cars, and
mechanic'd for Alan Scothern for some years.
THE INSIDE VIEW: circa 1962, the interior
of a Ford E93A showing the driver wisely installed
in the centre, away from the right-hand steering wheel. And
a fantastic and lucky spectator snapshot of a rather nasty
F2 crash in the late 60's or early 70's:
At this point I have removed a photo of the serious Chris Love / Eddie Cunnew crash
Below is an
S.C.N cover showing a pit-full of the little 'uns ready to rumble:
thanks to Diane Sutton (whose
late husband Aubrey Sutton was a long-time mechanic for racer
Jumbo Tustin), a
colourful and busy pits scene, from 1963. The
panoramic photo was actually taken by Pete "Pop" Christie,
at Walthamstow Stadium. Pete raced "Juniors" as #682, was
mechanic for Bill Barker #681, and later raced Spedeworth as #59.
He was everywhere, giving a helping hand and always "boosting" the
sport, and a regular columnist for SHORT CIRCUIT magazine. Pete
identified most of the S.E.London drivers visible below: 555
Nobby Lambert, 610 Ken Lambert, 643 Danny Bassett, 681 Bill
Barker, 230 Johnny Allan, 738 Frankie Wooster, 651 Harry Andrews,
and 629 Don Roomes who was not one of the S.E.
"bunch". Thanks Pete.
Pete Christie passed away in November 2008, and his obituary is here.
Scrooge said "Bah, humbug!" Well, this car was nicknamed the
Humbug, and you can just see the hacked-about Renault 4CV
body on Mick Whitney's # 773 at Brafield. Mick was one
of the 'usual suspects' from the Haddenham & District Stock Car Club. [Rick
Young photo]. 4CV Renault intact.
Champ: In 1966 Steve Bateman took
the F2 World Championship.
to Allan Wardle for these photos of his father Albert Wardle's
car and career in the Scottish stock car drivers' association. Here's
car, with Albert and friends. Here's Albert's very
tidy red-top, note the exhaust deflector. Membership
card. And a press
clipping that also mentions Pete Dent who of course
was nicknamed "Pepso" Dent (groan). Here's a victory-lapping Albert,
from a programe that predicted a 1964 championship win. Albert
raced at Ibrox's White City track, up against aces like Chick
Woodroffe and Jock Lloyd. For the meticulous record-keepers
and historians among you, here are some White City line-ups: first, second. These
shots from Allan Wardle, Albert's son. Incredibly,
fans could see cars like this E-Type
back in 1964, putting in fast laps — at great risk from that
track fence. Programmes reported that briskly-driven 10-hp Juniors could
often lap faster than such powerful but heavy GT cars.
Scotty Hewitt, a racer who competed against Jock
at Glasgow's White City track in the
"Junior" F2 class, before heading for sunny California. Scotty raced under
the name "G.G.Edwards", and one race is never-to-be-forgotten.
Jock Lloyd was already famous and respected, and Scotty deliberately
backed down the grid to start beside Jock, who grinned across at him
and called out to Scotty "SO YOU FANCY YOUR
CHANCES?" Jock waited half a beat before taking off,
and that enabled him (and the canny Scotty) to dodge the first turn
carnage. Here is Scotty .
Remembering 46 years on:
was the best thing I could have done. I learned so much
that night. I was right on his tail lap after lap, sticking
with him learning his line and the way he handled that
car. I saw that on occasion he would enter turn 4 a little
wider than I, so, I said to hell with it, and on the
last turn of the last lap, I stuck my S70 under Jock, and it lifted, as I knew it would, but it laid on Jocks
car all the way round, and I crossed the start finish a
foot in front of the master. In all the races I have run
since, and won, none have stuck with me like this one. Jock came to
me after the race grinning from ear to ear, shook my hand and said
"If you don’t die son, you’ll be a hellova racer".
The story in [The Evening Citizen] said The "Zebra
Crossing" does four laps on 3 wheels, then wins the main".
raced under the name "G.G. Edwards" because at the time
he was mechanic and pit crew for the legendary Ecurie Ecosse motorsport
team run by wealthy Scottish businessman David Murray,
who (true to RAC principles) strongly disapproved of stock-car
Jag D-Types won Le Mans in 1956 and 1957. Scotty tested
their Le mans Healey and their Cooper Monaco cars. Scotty
wasn't done with racing even after he emigrated to work at a California
Jaguar dealership. Over the years he has won five regional production-car
championships, and is chief driver instructor for California's section
of the SCCA. Who'd have thought 46 years ago that this Glasgow youngster
in a stock-car would later be rubbing shoulders with international
racing stars like Innes
Ireland and Stirling
Bumper-to-bumper action against stock-car demons prepared Scotty for
this: He crewed at the Le Mans 24-hour sports car classic, and
tested this Cooper
Monaco (Coventry Climax motor) and this Austin
whose little BMC four-banger pushed it to 120mph —- but the
aerodynamics gave the Sprite so much lift at high speed that the front
wheels were too light to steer properly. Scotty's answer: pat the
brakes while at full speed, to lurch the car's weight forward and THEN
do the steering.
Rick Young has kindly given me a scan of a White
City programme cover. White City programmes from
Rick Young's collection include these photos of Bill
programme shows Ibrox was full of Thomson's!) Jock
same as his Senior), and a
crowded Junior race. Here are some notes from the
track and comments from Johnny
Hoskins. Lastly, two
lists (well here's the
2nd!) of drivers' names from 1962.
to Pete Schafer for this historic photo. The
very first "Junior" formula race in early 1961 at Tamworth,
promoted by Sid Farndon. Sid had been chatting to Fred Mitchell
about the idea of a small cheap stock car formula, and Fred dug a
Ford 10 out of his yard, stripped it, locked the diff, and had Roger
Mortimer test it round Tamworth. (Roger was Fred's bro-in-law). Sid
Farndon gave the thumbs up, and
here is that car jokingly numbered 38 1/2 and painted
pink, ready for the first Junior race. Roger went on
to mechanic Mitsubishi's international rally cars. This
photo came from Fred Mitchell's daughter Pauline Holden (mom
to Jason "Hurricane
Holden" # 38 today). Sid Farndon himself
raced Seniors under # 224, and rose to red-top status and
contested the World Final at Brandon. Thanks
to Pete Schafer and to Syd F's son Steve Farndon for the
remember You-oooo —" : Frank Ifield was not just a crooner,
he had raced in Australia in a Caddy V-8 [model 60, 1938-41]
built by trucker Col Dennis. The name "SCODA" is not an Aussie
misspelling of Skoda --- it stands for Stock Car Owners and Drivers
Association. Here is Frank Ifield in England beside Ken Norris's 667
at Matchams Park, Ringwood during a Southern TV news filming. A big thanks to Pete Dodd,
who was 795 Tom Pitcher's mechanic. Pete points out that Frank in this photo has borrowed Tom Pitcher's race suit, with its Team Karena "K" monogram
on the sleeve. Pete also recognized Pitcher's 795 car and John
Holley's 554 in the background. If you are interested in Frank
Ifield, here's his website: http://www.frankifield.com/faq.html
photos of Arnie Hawes 777, from
Arnie himself and also from programmes in the Rick Young collection. My
thanks to both. Arnie
was from Maulden, Beds., and for some unknown reason was
Mad Milkman" by Brafield's Graham Guthrie, who had a nuickname for everyone. Here's Arnie's 2nd-
place record in a 'consie' at Brafield [at
25%: enlarge it]. Arnie
in a pic of his car on
the trailer. Arnie's first
car, plus 'the kids', both of whom grew up to
race in the 1980's. Arnie
tells me that although the early Juniors were fun,
they were mostly out of control and frequently demolished,
and that the later cars were so much faster and easier
to handle. Heat
and final wins at Brafield got
with an ex-Dave Bunt car, 1980's. Arnie at
speed in the rebodied Dave Bunt car. And 'man
at work' on his 1300 crossflow Ford lump, Cosworth
pistons, dry-sumped, Holbay exhaust, steel crank,
roller rockers, twin Weber 45's — 'the
business!' This next photo may
be from a Sunday Times supplement
famous Pete Tucker loved the then-new "Junior" formula, which
made exciting racing possible at minimum costs to promoters and
drivers. Here Pete, the winner, is at New Cross stadium
(SE London) in 1962.
Pete wrote and published the fascinating and entertaining THRILL OF THE CENTURY,
once out of print but now in 2010 available again. In 2010, Pete
is still up and about and busy with his company TUCKERS USA CARS, and
has a hundred rip-roaring stories of his racing days that'd make your
hair curl; Pete's a national treasure.
February 2010: In 1962 at Brandon, Chick heads into orbit, while Pete Tucker 85 sticks to terra firma.
Barber: historian, builder, racer, journalist, publisher,
graphic artist, one-time Long Eaton track promoter, and 100%
stock-car devotee, who I was lucky to snap on his victory lap in his beautiful #422 Junior at Brafield,
In 1998 Keith began fostering the "Heritage" movement, encouraging the building or re-building
of 1960's racers, and has completed a rebuild / creation of Aubrey
Leighton's 42 and Roy Goodman's Ford Pop, as well as his own
once-famous "little red rooster". Here's the cover
of Keith's 1971 book, WILD BILL
TO WILDCAT, a great potted history of the sport, which later
blossomed into the big book THE BIG LEAGUE. Both out-of-print
rarities nowadays. (Keith deserves chequered flags to this day,
in my opinion.)
Keith Barber shares his trophy limelight
with Miss Brafield (Maggie Ford). Keith beside his controversial 686
car, which I believe he converted from a "pickup" to
avoid a rules ban. Keith has a big K on his overalls; notice
the grandstand tocket was 2 shillings back then. This shot
shows Keith in USAF flyer Grant
Ford's car. [Photos
from Carol Cockings] A
pits shot that I snapped of Keith B's slick little Morris: Keith's #422.
Here is Keith Barber in 1966, happy to receive the Essex Trophy from oh-so-smart Jock Lloyd. (Ken Mason scanned it.)
One of the
numerous "Beds 'n' Herts" stock-car crowd was Dave
Gibson #785, shown here a bit sideways on a wet Brafield
track. That corrugated-iron grandstand took a hike during a hurricane and spread
its bits all over rural Northamptonshire. It was absolutely
deafening under that roof when a pack of open-exhaust F1's came
out of turn 4.
photos that someone sent me, and I forget who. Brafield's the track. In
the first photo, we see 519
Ralph Bruce helping a younger Dave Chisholm 552 , and in the second
photo Johnny Walker (no whiskey) in his tiny "Wildkitten" copycat
car chases 704 Pete Vincent from Bournemouth and the famous Eddie
Cunnew 734 from Keysoe Bedfordshire. And
another big thank-you to Rick Young for digging those names from
October 2011: Talking of "Chissy": thanks to Steve Harrison,
here's a younger Dave Chisholm #552 obviously headed for great heights
--- not just later in his F1 career but right here above Brafield's
turn 1. Bang.
the first of the
"special" Junior F2's, long before the Bill Batten-style aero-featherweights:
I put the stopwatch on Andy Webb when he practised with this little
bomb after the races at Brafield 1963/4; he nearly equalled George Ansell's Senior
laps. This pic stirred memories for Brian Goodspeed, who told me
in summer 2000 that he was at that same Brafield meet and watched this little
screamer tear up the tarmac; anyone else see it? Remember
that these were only 1172 cc side-valve motors.
to Andy Webb, 40-something years later, for the following info on this
super little car. Andy backed up my comment elsewhere on this
site: nobody ever saw Fiat Topolinos on the road, but Andy and Ian
Durham found two side by side in a scrapyard in Bloxham. Steve
Bateman found one in a yard not far between Northampton and Brafield — who
was scrapping them? The car in the photograph had been debuted
the night before, at Harringay, where its slick appearance drew so
many people that Andy could hardly get back to it after booking
in. [I remember the admiring mob at the pit gate as
Andy took it out for practice after the Brafield meet.] Andy
also mentions a bump-and-spin with Johnny Marquand's
car at Harringay which led to lively 'exchange of
opinions' between them after the race --- which left them lifelong friends. "Great days" is
how Andy remembers the spirit of those times. Nowadays
[until 2011] Andy and Johnny used to beat each other at golf, as competitive as ever.
Here's his buddy Johnny Marquand
# 689 celebrating
a win at Brafield (thanks to Alan Humphrey
for the correct number)(Carol Cockings photo).
Andy Webb tells me he first raced at Brafield in 1963, helped by Steve Bateman, Ian Durham, and Bruce Laurie.
Johnny Marquand passed away this year at the age of 74. One
of his friends and rivals was Don Roomes, who recalls a lively Plymouth
final, which he and Johnny started from the back, having won their
heats. Marquand was leading until late in the race, he passed a
white-top, and the pursuing Don quickly "used" the white top as a cue
ball: JM flipped and DR took the chequers. For many years
afterwards, Johnny believed it was the white top
that had fenced him, till Don let on at Don's 60th celebration at
Smeatharpe! Johnny Marquand and his brother had a transport
business that included hauling to and from Covent Garden.
from a fan magazine, was sent by Rick Young, but I think I have pretty
much wrecked it with my computer. Brian
Jones, # 551, drove up
from Hockliffe, Bedfordshire to Brafield with this nice little F2
and found the fence.
With a name like SWORDER, you know you're going to make an impression; Dick Sworder's car,
shown in approx. 1964 was #720, a Topolino bodied Junior F2, and you
can see the twin carbs peeking out. A dull rainy day at Brafield,
but the crowds were there as usual. Want to see Dick in his big Senior
car? There's a
shot of him in a monster four-car sandwich, in the Seniors
section. Forty years later his son Mick Sworder would
be winning too, in F2 and F1. The
Sworder family were / are in breaking / salvage / coaches etc, and one
of their premises at Molesworth (once belonging to the "infamous" scrap characters Joe and Jacob Hunt) sits close to the "hush-hush" RAF / USAF base at
Molesworth in Cambridgeshire (on Google Maps you can still see the reinforced bunkers that held cruise missiles until 1988.)
What an entrepreneur: promoter (West Ham, Arena Essex, several
more), smiling bespectacled pipe-smoker, invariably with a feather
in his hat, and racer of both Junior and Senior class cars, and proud wearer of # 1. Chick hit BriSCA in 1961 after a spell
in go-karts. Chick's Junior on
a parade lap at Brafield [Rick Young photo].
Below: Chick's Junior #1 (he also raced as 409) sits on the trailer while his big 'un is tready to race at Coventry in 1965/66.
Very similar photo
of Chick's two cars, and leaning on them is a
young lad called Rick Young who would himself race F1 and F2 cars. Chick Woodroffe passed
away at the end of 2000, after a non-stop busy life racing and
promoting, all in the face of tough health problems.
1964-65, when the M1 motorway was new, the road research boffins wanted
to test some safety fences and barriers, and shrewdly they asked Chick
Woodroffe to come along and crash into a barrier. Pete Arnold's
notes in Harringay's March 1965 programme say that Chick offered to
bring his big 'un or the Junior, and the scientists nervously settled
for the Junior. For a lark he first did a ram-and-roll-over, then
backed up 30 yards and charged and demolished the fence. I hope the experts learned something.
February 2010: Chick Woodroffe #409 parades his 1962 championship trophy at Brafield. Don Roomes is driving Chick's car for him.
mad artist at work: This car's painter was years ahead of psychedelic
flower power: Ford Pop 1963/4
friends enjoy the calm before the race, in Brafield's rural setting.
Number 724 is American airman Dick Hawkins of Houston Texas,
and 230 is Johnny Allen from New Cross, S.E. London.
Hawkins trying to dodge a collision coming out of a Brafield
corner [DY photo] May 2010: Thanks to Nigel Harradine for this pits photo from 1965 of Texas racer Dick Hawkins, parked beside 606 Bryan Hinckley and 83 Tommy Keep.
dents yet: Den
Rothwell's 722 Fiat Topolino-bodied Junior. Where
did all those Topolinos come from? We never saw them on the street,
but there were scores on the race tracks.
Russell #621 brightens the Brafield rain. Alan was from Toddington, Bedfordshire:
few years later, some before-and-after shots by
Dick Young that Alan Russell might like to forget: before and then after the
roll. Alan's brother
Ian Russell later raced number 38 in Formula Ones.
Triumph Spitfire was a different looker, compared to the Ford Y's
around it: Gordon Aucott
me around" Juniors mixing it up at Brafield #713 is probably "G.Worthington" from Romford. Notice
the steel I-beam ("RSJ") posts and steel cable fence
— those bags-of-straw and old tyres helped a bit. I still remember the sound of a car snagging its rear axle
on a post, at full speed: some cars ended yards further on
minus the whole rear end.
three photos below, courtesy of engine-man Mike Rust, are from
1968/69. Norman Ricketts from Haddenham, Bucks., was the
driver; he went from white to red top eventually in about 1971. Car
#604 had probably the ultimate 1172 side-valve Ford motor ever built. Mike
Rust built the motor, and sent me these slides. The body is
a cut-'n'-shut Fiat 500. The
special exhaust was by Janspeed. That engine: A racing Weber carb on a Janspeed manifold
— nearly everyone had used SU's up to this point. 604
could be revved sky-high to 8,000rpm, thanks to some rare and special Formula Junior (ie RAC circuit
con-rods of super-hard steel that drove machinists crazy, and were the
last set of a batch fabricated. Mike Rust remembers the kindness of the
John Holley, who gave their team a Mini oil pump along with advice on
using it with the dry sump they had contrived for the old 1172; the
pump's compact size made it easy to install on the 1172 cam drive.
The cylinder head and the flywheel were special aluminum
Aquaplane items. They
canted the engine over at 15deg. to improve fuel-air inflow. The motor
were balanced, crank hardened and ports "flowed". The valves were huge
Bill Cooper specials, and the whole thing was actually tuned on the
dyno rolling-road at Downton's in London! Bill Cooper was a top-flight Formula Junior racer who literally
wrote a book on tuning 1172 motors. Thanks
to Mike Rust for the technical data.
the drama below, the overturned car of Nigel Harradine 717 ---cont'd:
been snagged by Norm's bumper and dragged all the way from the Brafield pits entrance
— Nigel tells me that while upside down, the petrol
from his upside down tank was dripping 'down' into the roof, which was having a hole
ground in it by the tarmac. "Fairly
lucky escape, really" says Nigel. Nigel
retired in 1978, then retired again in the late 1980's,
then again, then raced in 2006, then raced again in 2007, and
this year 2008, the "retired" Nigel Harradine
expects to be out on the track yet again, under #97. This
is a happy man who does not know how to stop.
visible in the photo are: 652 = Ken Horne, 773 = Mick Whitney (both Haddenham; Mick was an auto mechanics lecturer at Aylesbury
College); 650 = Roy (not Ron) Innocent of
Northants; 672 = Peter Baines (Lincs, and later the 3-Star promoter); 698, just
visible in the pits shot = Jim Welch (Lincs, later the Spedeworth
Superstox champ); 520 (man-in-the-window) = John Bush from
Raglan, Monmouthshire; finally, 717 = Nigel Harradine from Hatfield, Herts.
more of the inexplicably numerous Haddenham bunch were Tony Southam,
Mick Penn (who mechanic'd for Tony S.), and Brian Baker (a BriSCA
scrutineer). Also, Bob Boddington whose F1 car was
196, and his F2 car was 596, and an honorary Haddenham club member
was F1 racer Dave Saunders #227 — who actually lived in
Wendover! According to Mike Rust, the local saying was "The Bucks are from Berks and
the Berks are from Bucks". And they say cricket fans are fanatics for detail. Thanks to Rick
Young and Mike Rust for this mine of information.
Brafield photo taken in 1966: #707 is Johnny Sparks (I'd
pay to have a name like that.) and
611 is Nick Edwards, two racers who made the trek from Cornwall
to race their F2's. Dick
"Trackstar" machine of Dick Willows, lurking in the back yard.
Dick built the car with racer Pete Prince, and raced at Boston stadium, Lincs. (Photo:
Paul Durham). Dick Willows began as
spanner man for racer Peter Prince, and went on to completely self-build this
car: Prefect front with Corsair discs, Minor rear with welded diff., and a
full-house 1000cc Ford circuit racing engine from Alan Scobie — topping
out at 9000 rpm, it was a bit peaky for oval track combat! Dick later moved
February 2011: Before we move on to the Seventies, where a mass of F2 photos can be seen, here's St. Austell from way back in 1966. John Langston sent these two programme covers, which oddly show an artist's impressions of "Vauxhaul/Ford" saloons: 23 August, and 13 September. John also sent the following:
Plenty of action here and look how high the fans have climbed to get a good view. 735 is Cecil "Wiggy" Bennett and 253 is Eddie Asling. Two "maybes" are 599 [Brian Mills or Roger Legge] and 508 [Harry Collins from Launceston].
May 2012: More photos courtesy of Steve Harrison. (Steve raced a bunch of formulas: Bangers, but also Rebels, Stock Rods and Lightning Rods, between 1985 and 2005.) These were taken between 1971 and 1974, at Brafield.
gets crossed-up in front of Fred's Hot Dogs, turn 1. Also in the
frame are Dave Chalkley 559, Brian Priddle
696, Brian Hallam 623, and Otto Golder 643.
Action stations! A typical Brafield snarl-up with Crowland's Brian Cooper 523 wriggling for room with [unknown] 762 and Ted White 602.
Superstar John Holley 544 rolling beside Alan Young 693.
Three wide parade lap with Roy, Mike Wilkes 561, and Viv Harper 713.
March 2011: With
petrol at 68p and tracks paying £3 appearance, a person in 1978 could
get something happening without breaking the bank. Malcolm Brown,
who has contributed quite a bit of info for this site, worked in his
lock-up with basic tools and odd parts, to put his #601 on the track at
Skeggy, and here he is under the floodlights.
Twenty years later Malcolm was a winner in Skegness's Mazda
BangerRod class. He also has some photo albums viewable online at
The Brafield fence claims another victim, and starter-flagman Roy Johnson looking at the parked car of 707 Ian Hill from Oundle, Northants [identified by Rick Young] August 2010: The Boston, Lincs track is alas no more, but here is Trevor Webb #318, very pleased with his chequered flag. Photo from William Smith collection.
November 2010: Tangle at an unidentified track. #550 [who?] and 505 John Wilkerson go straight, while 702 [who?] gets nailed, and 750 Jack Kitchen goes backwards. Photo courtesy of Stockcar Supporter magazine.
July 2010: Big thanks to Kevin Crabtree
for a HUGE
collection of about 300 photos that he took at Brafield, Mendip
Raceway, Newton Abbot, Ringwood, Smeatharpe,
St. Austell, St. day, and one at Plymouth's Pennycross Stadium, between
1970 and 1976. If you want guys who can throw a lightweight car round a tight
track very fast, you should look West. The F2 world championship has been
won ELEVEN times by Cornishmen. Is it the china clay or the tin in
Kevin used this trusty old
reflex "Brownie Box" camera:
Please read this: One of the South Devon Herald Express newspaper's editors fondly remembers the action at Newton Abbot, and published this excellent article about the stock cars and bangers. (copied-and-pasted from their website onto a PDF file).
August 2010: Action at three tracks in 1970-71, thanks to Kevin Crabtree -----
"Brafield Bashing": 593 Pete Coppenhall in a tangle with 696 Brian Priddle and 604 Norman Ricketts.
Then 609 Walter Breakspear upside down. Then the whole gang piles in: 692 is J. Harris with 603 Norman Pavelin.
Ian Chisholm's 632 car does it right.
John Holley 554
leads 573 and 693 Alan Young, all drifting neatly out of turn 4 facing
Brafield's shady grandstand.
Completely sideways, 672 waits while 593 Pete Coppenhall checks his pedals, and 703 Bernard Haynes escapes.
Two similar Topo specials dice it out: John Lynes 684 leads 645 Dave Langridge. Derek Payne takes his hands off the wheel (short sleeves, bare hands) in his #733.
Not much stock metalwork left on Chris Heath's #724. [Ten years earlier, 724 had been Texan Dick Hawkins's number]
Here in 1973 we see a big spin by 594 Rodney Avon, in company with 506 John Adey and 721 Brian Hook.
Next, is that a spin starting, or is Mick Whittle 716 performing a great opposite-lock entry? He's being missed by Tommy Pitcher, while 570 Mike Archer scoots ahead.
November 2010: two more from Northamptonshire's action track:
April 2012: Roy Goodman was always happy to pose with a young fan, here at a South West track [not sure which] in 1975. Courtesy of Andy Surridge.
- Ron Innocent's low-slung 712 car dives for the corner, watched by the "Crowland Jackdaws" supporters club.
- All hell breaks loose
at Turn 3, with 765 Nick Falcon pinning 575 (?Randy --?) to the wall;
Ron Innocent is diving in, behind the barrel; 727 going out of the shot
is Ron Honeyfield; 753 may be Andy Morris. Any help appreciated!
"Mendip Mugging" has cars 609 and 696 re-appearing, with 721 Brian Hook. high on that lovely west country range of hills. Then Ron Slogget 606 battles with Ian Illman 784; and lastly Roy Goodman chases Mick Whittle 716. Mendip Raceway really flourished with the West Country upsurge of Junior/F2in the 1970's:
--- and again the fans turn their backs on that panoramic view in the background, to watch #685 scoot past a pileup involving 646 [Eddie Asling?], 597 Bernie Perry, and 573.
More Mendip: a pits walkabout with Kevin Crabtree's camera features 11 cars in August 1972:
November 2011: From Russ Thomas, another shot of the Lotus Fraud of Brian Jones, this time at Brafield --- a unique body.
- John Adey was #506, and white-shirted helper hefts a tyre past.
- John Foot was #503, with three 'youfs' in attendance.
- Brian Cooper earned a red top in his # 523, one of the fast Crowland, Lincs. crew [Dave Wycherley, Howard Cole, et al]
- Geoff Williams # 536, a yellow top used what looks like a Minor body.
- Big John Uzell should be able to push his A35-bodied #544 car.
- Brian Jones's red top 551 called itself a "Lotus Fraud"; is that guy fainting from heat or bewailing a broken part?
- Mike Wilkes's A grader is #561, and behind that lush grass and tree was (on a wet day) the world's worst parking.
- Norm Butcher 607 had very little bodywork but plenty of bumper and wheel width!
- Brian Phillips 620 wore a Mini body with Mickey Mouse on the boot lid; see the shirted dads and kid on the left.
- Another Mini body on 643, Otto Golder.
- John Honeyfield had professional bodywork and stout shock towers on his 727 car.
Mendip walkabout again on October 1972:
NOVEMBER 2010: Mendip Raceway in April 1974, and Kevin Crabtree was there with that camera!:
In licence number order as usual:
- C grader #502 is Pete Morgan
- C grader #509 is Richard Archer's car, fitted with two twin-choke Weber carbs [not easy to synchronize]
- Charlie Reid's #516 white top, an odd-shaped car with an 'aero' panel on the side.
- Looking like an untouched first-time-out car, Alfred Vowles's #518.
- 520 is John Bush's yellow-top.
- Below, #539 with a cut-and-narrowed Anglia 105E body, is Barry Oglesby's handsome yellow top.
- Long serving veteran racer Brian Holmes had this A grade blue-topper, John Langston from Saltash #542.
- #567 with the extended exhaust is Ged Abrams's yellow top;
Have you been noticing the leafless trees in this April meet?
High up on the Mendip, Spring is a long time arriving.
- #608 Dick Hicking had a peephole to look out of in his Shell sponsored yellow top.
- Not buckled in yet, Merv Maggs in the 610 white top car.
- Star grade Brian Cooper from Crowland [shown elsewhere on this page] is #723.
- Martyn Brand #742 raced this blue-top, with some actual-stock bodywork (rare by the mid 70's, alas).
"Ringwood Rampage" has old pals Ray Lines 613 leaping a barrel while his buddy George Kneller 612 stays clear; and Tony Meaden 544 spins with Brian Smith 751. Johnny Walker in his beautiful #629 special.
"Every which way but loose", as Mike Gale 567 spins free of 675 Terry Trew, 663 Pete Jones, and 611 Nick Edwards.
was already spectating at Newton Abbot's track by the age of 13, and
later started racing F2's under the sponsorship of his father's
electrical engineering company, though Kevin himself went into the
motor trade, eventually at a major Rover (later Mazda)
dealership in Torquay. As a youngster he was good friends
with Roy Goodman, the longest-racing competitor in stock car racing
[?], who was in the books already in 1955.
Next, 1970 (and where noted, August 1972 photos) pit photos from Newton Abbot, in numerical order of registered racing
number, and IMPORTANT: if you happen to know any of these drivers, I am always happy to hear more info: email@example.com
next two cars are, strictly, too "new" for
my 1955-1975 site, but they look 'the business' just like the
old 'uns did, so here goes:
- 507 is Bernard House's blue top from St. Austell; here is Bernard in August 1972 in his Goodman-built car.
- 508 is the red top of Harry Collins, a haulage contractor from Launceston ('70)
- 516 is red top Keith Knott from Truro ('70)
from Salisbury is the very business-like special of Johnny Pomeroy: and
another of his cars below; no, it's not a funnel on his roof, that's the power station's cooling
- 554 again, in April 1972, still a red top, John Holley.
- 554 John Holley himself [BriSCA Annual]
- 562 is another red top, Richard Doidge ('70)
- 563 is Dennis Harris's blue top (Aug 1972)
- 564 is Rory Wheeler, looking very un-chuffed in his car!
- 565 is Walter Bovey, the bearded farmer from St. Austell, and again here.
- 566 is Terry Harris's yellow top.
- 567 is Mike Gale's blue top, pitted next to Howard White
- 570 in April 1973 is Mike Archer's star-grade car, 'sponsored by Wynns' and lloking custom built..
- 572 on the trailer is St Austell blue-top Reg Hawkin
- 584 is red top Selwyn Pook, another red-top Cornishman ('70)
- 599 is Brian Mills, C grade
- 602 is Ted White's blue top (Aug 1972)
- 607 is another C grade, Norman Butcher
- 611 is red-top ('70) Nick Edwards
- 611 Nick again, but two years later on with a blue roof and we have to say a 'basic' body.
- 613 is Ray Lines
from Southampton and his buddy George Kneller ('70) Ray became
promoter at Weymouth's Radipole Lane track in about 1973, and George's
son Gary Kneller earned pocket money by selling Stock Car Magazine and
programmes there. Ray joined the Veterans in more recent years, and his
son races F2's today. Thanks to Gary Kneller for this background.
- 613 Ray Lines again, in April 1972
- 626 is Ken Fretwell --- and this beautiful photo has an eerie 'lonely landscape' quality; could be the 1940's, below:
- 627 the famous Howard White, red top from St. Albans. In April 1972, Howard again in a Higman car.
- 627 again in April 1973, Howard with even less bodywork and a far-back cab.
- 627 Howard White, from the BriSCA Annual of 1973
- 631, from Plymouth, and looking like his blue-top tangled with the Spanish Armada, is Brian Glynn.
- but in August 1972, #631 was worn by C grader Derek Groves.
- 632 in August 1972 is white topper Pete Snell
- 635 in August 1972 is white-topper Nick Coles
- 639 is Bodmin racer Brian Sanders
- 642 is Pete Poole from Bedford.
- 651, one of the racers who moved F2 design forward, Billy Batten from Liskeard, below:
- and another of Batten 651, on this day using a Nick Edwards car
- How many times did Billy Batten win the F2 World Championship? Only FIVE times, and he waited 22 years between his fourth in 1982 and his fifth in 2004.
- 655, John Peet takes a break in the sun.
- 657 is Steve Branstom, showing some neat 'wedge' sheet metal mods
- 661 blue topper in 1972 is today's Heritage racer Dave Wycherley
- 662 is Mick Avery
- 663 is Pete Jones
- 665 is Roy Hinton from Swindon
- 671, and another wonderful Cornish name, Denzil Trennery from Newquay
- 673 on track is Tony Slocombe chased by 704 Pete Vincent; and here's Pete Vincent again
- 673 another shot of Tony, who was from Chudleigh
- 677 is Austin Travail
- brothers Cliff (688) and Gordon (687) Maidment, from Southampton
- 689, a well-liked character, a world champ , the great Johnny Marquand of Notter Bridge who raced for many years, in fact from the very start of the sport in 1954. Johnny was world champ in 1965.
- 691 Nat Barkwell customized his bodywork this way, and that way. Nat was from Dunchideock, [pop. 262] and there's a prize if you can pronounce that.
- 692 is the compact little special of Charles Williamson, and that exhaust trumpet must have sounded good: below:
- but two years later, 692 was worn by yellow top Vic Jackson
- 703 is Bernard Haynes,
who also hammered that then-popular wedge in the Topolino roof ---
although if you were careful with your paint line, you could mimic a
Topo roofline on other bodies.
- 705 is Keith Trennery, brother of Denzil
- 708 is Geoff Brown from Paignton
- 716 is Mick Whittle from Hinckley
- 734 is Eddie Cunnew, son of pioneer Ted Cunnew of the famous Cunnew clan from Keysoe, Beds.
- 734 again, as a blue top in summer 1971 at Newton Abbot; Eddie at one time raced under 727.
- 739 is Torquay's Brian Thompson
- 735, nicknamed "Wiggy", is red top Cecil Bennett from Millbrook; and here he is in summer 1971 with a blue roof
- 743 is Andy White, a White-top!
- 744 is Roger Hollingshead, wearing a red-top in his borrowed Goodman car
- 745 is Steve Brown in 1972, with a yellow top beauty
- 746, also in August 1972, is yellow top George Powell.
- 752, next number in line, is Mick Blake sitting in his blue top
- 753 is Victor Whittingham --- was the roof 'wedge' there to cover the roll bar, or was it a fashion?
- 755 is Bob Turton's Ford bodied car
- 760 is Dave Symes from Gosport
- 770 is Martin Farrell [1970 photo] from Bristol and Plymouth, and again later:
on to 1971/2 and 1976, Kevin returned to Newton Abbot and found these guys ready for action,
again in numerical order of racing number:
- and 770 for the third time, in April 1972, with a "film star face" scowling from the left ---.
- 772 is Bill Fisher, with a hastily-beaten sheet metal bonnet
- 777 is Brian Ellard
- 782 is Eric Bratherton
- 795 is Tommy Pitcher, car salesman from Christchurch
- 795 in April 1973, Tommy's new-age space-frame custom-tin red top surrounded by admirers; "a car that changed the game" says Kevin Crabtree. Some call Tommy "the father of modern F2".
- 798 is Bill Small from Carnon Downs nr Truro, with "cool" vent holes cut in the body (copied by others), below:
is a strange number (Gary Kneller's comment) for a Junior F2 --- and it
had a non-standard roof colour, and fairly massive rear tires for a
Junior, --- AND a very non standard exhaust worthy of a Land Rover
Defender. Anyway, that's Alan Paine. Anyone know more about this mystery car's setup?
- 519 is Ralph Bruce, who also raced at Brafield against Dave Chisholm in F2
- 528 from Bristol, shown below, is Eric Weeks's handsome chunky car.
- 529 is Jeff Brown's white top, with the exhaust blackening the Topo body.
- 531 belongs to farmer Nick Prouse
- 533 is a great atmospheric photo of a low-slung racer, alone in the landscape; Clive Wilcox
- 535 is Ray Williams (one of three racing brothers) from Southampton ---
- and 546 is Mike Williams from Callington [no relation]
- 557 is Neil Middle from Taunton, and here he is again with the low "ground effects" body and chassis.
- 560 is Ray Johnston's radically narrowed and sectioned Ford Pop
- 570 is Mike Archer from Barnstaple, and here is Mike's Topolino again.
- 579 is Roger Butt's mini based yellow top
- 582 shown below is Barry Moore, draughtsman and postman from Ipplepen, Devon:
- 583 is Dave Brown from Looe, and, wait for it ---
- one month later Dave takes the World Final checkers! Dave's wife Pat, unusually, did all the engine work on Dave's car.
- Dave Brown's driving and wife Pat's engine work brought THREEE F2 world championships 1971, 1974, and 1979.
- 588 from Barnstaple is "Tiny" [Martin] Saunders
- 591 is Dave Hill from Torquay, with friends; what you'd have to call your basic tin bashing job
- 592 is Jerry Williams, brother of Mike, from Callington, in Cornwall
- 594 is Rodney Avon's white top; new bodywork, modern inclined shicks, interesting rad protection; no dents yet!
- 597 is Bernie Perry's mini with a thoroughly-hammered bonnet
- 599 is the car of C grader Roger Legge, sporting an inverted airfoil on the roof
- 600 is the beautiful car of Bournemouth's Tony Norton and again from 1970.
- 602 is Ted White's C grade car
- 603 is Norman Pavelin's yellow top on the trailer .
- and later, in April 1973, Norman sports a blue roof, in a desolate background field
- 612 below is George Kneller's
full-bodied Topolino, from Southampton, below. George, a motor
mechanic, raced from the very beginning of Junior F2's, under #712, in
a Y model Ford, which he sold on to John Searle from Hythe, nr Southampton, who raced it under 697 at Bristol and Brafield.
George raced at Southampton, Ringwood, Plymouth, Newton Abbot,
St. Austell, Brafield, Rayleigh, Stoke, Swindon, Bristol, and Weymouth,
and retired from racing as a blue-top in 1976. The long drives
towing the stock car wore out two Hillmans, one of which was "recycled"
into an F2 car by the Williams brothers. George's son Gary went
everywhere, he and his brother sleeping in the Minx and dashing around
the pits with a watering can for radiators. George's wife Doreen
did her share of races in the "Powder Puff Derbies" put on by promoters
like Gerry Dommett and John LaTrobe at Swindon, Brafield, and Ringwood.
Doreen took Johnny Marquand's fast car out and won a race,
and was so quick that at Brafield she was handicapped half a lap so
that she came second to Steve Bateman's wife. At 82 years of
age, George Kneller still tinkers with cars, and with buddy Ray Lines
never misses a
Poole Pirates speedway night on Wednesdays --- you can't stop those old
guys. George's son Gary provided this info.
- 614 is Ray Price's well-proportioned Topolino
- 615 is Ray Courts, from Torpoint, Cornwall
- 616 is the late Ron Sloggett and Trowbidge buddy 675 Terry Trew
- 618 is Stuart Beckenham, Pete Beckenham's brother
- 640 is B-graded Ron Brown
- 653 is Andy Morris, bringing his 'extended' Mini all the way down from Doncaster, and who still racing in 2000.
- 653 again, in 1972, Andy Morris's B grader in Ford Pop clothing and good-sized tires.
- 654 is Steve Hibben; the driver's headgear does not match the helper's summer dress code!
- 657 is Steve Brantom's radically low cut special
- 667 shows Billy Batten's then-blue top car, and a smiling photo of Billy Boy himself [BriSCA Annual]
- 667 Billy gets it sideways at Newton Abbot [BriSCA Annual]
- 668 is Ivor Frost
- 670 is another blue-top, that of John O'Dell, evidently unafraid of the costly Weber twin choke carb swallowing dirt
- 678 was raced by Len Pearce when he wasn't busy signwriting for several top Cornish drivers
- 704 is Pete Vincent, who also raced at Brafield
- 714 appears on two different Adrian Booth cars (1) and (2). Adrian also raced under # 819
- 714 Adrian Booth himself on the left [BriSCA Annual]
- 721 is the Topolino of Brian Hook, who may be the suntanning gent in the background
- 728 is Graham Bunter from Sherborne; and here is Graham's car a few years earlier, at Newton Abbot.
- 731, Gilbert Farr, has his twin carbs free to suck in all the dirt!
- 750 is Jack Kitchen looking rough and tough
- 751 is Brian Smith from Bath (son Gary races today)
- 751 is Brian Smith's chunky-looking red-top in 1970 --- is the boot line a Renault 4CV rather than a Topo?
- 754, in 1970, is Mike Glover from Tavistock
- 755 is David Hart's "not-quite-Topolino
- 763, also in 1970, is Peter Carne, a B-grader
- 765 is Southampton's Nick Falcon with a mixture of Popular bodywork including a cooling tower for its roof ----
- 765 again in April 1972, wearing a pretty basic tin top.
- 766 in 1970 is someone famous in the F1 wars, Tony Allen
- 778 is wizard mechanic and builder Colin Higman from Menheniot. and here is the car that Colin built as a copy of Todd Sweeney's famous Spedeworth special. Here's Colin Higman himself [BriSCA Annual]
- Here's Colin again, a red top back in 1970 at Newton Abbot. Colin was twice World Champion, in 1975 and 1976.
- 779 is Chris Chidzey, a neatly-narrowed body fit for a car show. Handsome car.
- 780 is Kelvin Harris looking modern and fast
- 782 in 1970 is white-top Dave Bowden
- 784 also in 1970 is Ian Illman,
star grader buckling up in his Topo, from Heathfield; I recognize
Dunlop SP tyres on the front. 784 again, in 1971, a Mini body
this time, but still a star-grader. (Kevin Crabtree #506, the kind
donor of all these photographs, raced an ex-Illman car in 1975.)
below is Dave Gibson's "sit-up-straight" blue top; one of the
"Beds & Herts" gang, it appears later on this page at Brafield
December 2010: Ride 'em, Roy
of history about Newton Abbot and those cooling towers you often see in
the background of the photos; For
50 years the skyline of Newton Abbot was dominated by a power station
and its giant cooling towers. Built on Jetty Marsh in 1924, and
demolished in 1975-76, the site is now a nature reserve, though the
old surplus slag is still around and used to level sports pitches, etc. Just call me Mister Wikipedia.
Thanks to Kevin Crabtree, ex-F2 and Heritage racer, for digging up this history.
The South Devon HERALD EXPRESS editor Guy Henderson
describes just one highlight of Trevor Redmond's on-the-ball promoting at Newton
Abbot: some students from two nearby language schools began attending
the races there. When quick-thinking Redmond spotted
that the two schools had different colours (red-and-white and
blue-and-white), he had the brilliant idea of encouraging some banger
racers to paint their cars in
one or other colour scheme --- with the result that busloads of students came to the track to cheer on "their"
cars. Today's promoters could take a lesson from that ---.
St. Austell ---
what with speedway in the early years, the plastic-domed "Eden World"
for eco idealists, and stock cars too, this Cornish riviera town has
January 2013: Arthur James, briefly a stock car owner, sent me this 1970's poster, which he acquired from the South West track commentater Bill Dalley.
Kevin Crabtree took the following photos there in spring-summer 1971 and 1973:
- 517 is T. Minnear's well-hammered Fiat with lots of driver padding and not much side armour
- 529 is yellow roof Anthony Pooley's stylish cut-and-shut Ford Pop
- 575 is Alan Barriball
- in 1973 Alan Barriball had the new-style car, blue-top grade, and was registered under #578.
, below, was Barry Moore, another blue-top, with immaculate sheet metal
and chassis, and just a hint of a stock roof. Notice also the new shape of the 'door', the sloped-oval cutout used by Batten, Brown, and other pioneers.
September 2010: St. Austell's 1972 World Final:
- 583 Dave Brown leads Roy Goodman and Bill Small
- 605 is Brian Rostock
- 611 is Nick Edwards, a car he loaned to Billy Batten in 1970; and another shot of Nick's 611
- 617 is the youthful Mike James, 17 years old; not a bad pastime when you're a teenager
- 649 has those same "vent ports" as Bill Small's car: the Ford Pop of Ron Oliver
- 672 is Peter Baines
- 682 is Roger Powell
- 682 is Roger at Newton Abbot in April 1973, with a Ford Y type body.
- 700 is recognizable as an ex-Goodman car, owned and raced by Bert Powlesland, with a yellow roof.
- 763 is yellow-roof Fiat of Pete Carne
- *** ??? No number yet
on this F2. Michael Tidball is the name on the side, and this is
a bare-minimum car, no visible padding, with at least some old chassis
at the back, and a curious strap/tube/? fixed across the front of the
bonnet. Does anyone know more about Michael or this car?
Eleven pit photos from this prestigious event, starting with "The Irish Army". Five
Star (red tops) drivers came over from Northern Ireland to do battle,
and one of 'em took back the World Championship trophy:
Among England's racers were these six:
- Alistair Jackson, NI 26, had a streamlined car, with a 'breather' for the carb.
- Ivor Greenwood, NI 37, had a bit of A40 at the back, and some cartoons on the bonnet.
- Maurice Sterling, NI 74, had pure custom tin and fat tyres, almost like an F1 ten years into the future?
- Derek Jackson, NI 190.
- Jimmy Murray became World Champ with his NI 410 car; check the big shock absorbers, low-mounted on the rear axle, and the "mooneyes" on the carb cover.
December 2010: "Flypast" at St Austell
- 510 was Dave Hendry's yelow-top with a roof fin cross between a shark fin and a "mullet"/ DA hairstyle.
- 577 was Arthur Orchard's sway-backed car with a toy on the roof and called "My Owd", as in "My owd darlin".
- 619 was Barry Enderby's yellow top Mini-roofed car, and in 1972 men still wore ties to the races.
- 644 Brian Glynn's blue top wore the chequers even if he didn't win them.
- 650 was Ron Innocent; is that Ron's nice Jag up on the blocks, and why?
- 686 was Garry Hooper, whose blue top looks like a combat special ready for action.
1. Somersaulting Roy Goodman 800 takes to the air. At the end of the straight Roy had
driven over Kevin Crabtree's rear wheel, and his extensive "aero"
panelling turned the Goodman car into a kite. Kevin's on the grass. 2. Roy 800
has landed and spun onto the infield, and Kevin Crabtree has scooted out of sight. Optical illusion?: at first I thought I was seeing two 553 cars. Two? Keep looking --- one roof fin and one big bonnet number!
Smeatharpe Stadium in Devon was a Roy Goodman development that later went to Trevor Redman and Autospeed.
- 506 is --- handsome shaggy mystery man --- Kevin Crabtree photographer and racer, himself.
- 591 is Robin Pearce's Bunter-built car, beside 553 the car of lanky Cornishman Mike Nancekivell from St. Germans
- Might as well see another shot of Mike N's 553, at Newton Abbot in 1970.
- 656 is the Sid Collings [ex-Colin Higman] car.
- Roy G 800 leads Tommy Pitcher
- Dave Brown 583 in action
- Below: Pete Poole's "extended matchbox" car chased by Tony Norton 600:
- Very different bodies but evenly-matched elite drivers: Batten and Cole battle it out in the sunshine
- Batten on his own.
- 778 Colin Higman on the inside of Roy G 800, pursued by 627 Howard White.
November 2010: Smeatharpe track action in 1974:
December 2010: --- and more action in 1975:
September 2010: Wish-you-were-here at Weymouth:
- Staying power: 542 Brian Holmes in 1972 at Weymouth, and 30 years later, still at it!
- 548 is Andy Huggins, pardon his rear end, and a young "mod", and in the background another tie-wearer.
- 642 is the long-travellin' Star-grade Pete Poole from Bedford, shown elsewhere in this collection.
- 667 Bill Batten's red-top cut right down to driver's eye level.
St. Day on Whitsun, May 1973, and Kevin was there as ever with that faithful reflex camera:
- Keith Knott's A grade CLOCKWORK ORANGE #500; look at the radius rods and underslung space frame.
- Bernie Serpell #515 from Plymouth, with lots of negative camber on the front and a Weber carb poking out.
- 527 is Tony Hooper's B grade car from Langport; with new reg's, standardization in design is on the way.
- In the same pattern is 538 Pete Weekes, also a blue top.
- Dave Pritlove, helmet in hand beside his #540 car; very little padding behind the seat!
- Simon Cockerill 559 took over Martin Farrell's 770 car, racing to blue top status; Weber carb, racing tyres.
- Familiar shape: this ex-Batten car was taken over by 617 Mike James, earning a blue roof despite the rather twisted side member; you can see an "A-frame" linkage from the rear axle under the car.
- Pete Holland 664 raced a bare-bones car with 'agricultural' tyres on the back.
- Mike Hatswell 761 from Plymoutn, had a Mini-roofed car.
- Bill Wagstaff 777, with a yellow top.
- Ian Illman 784 was
a genius builder, and here under the new reg's allowing ohv engines,
F2s were suddenly sporting TWO double-choke Weber carbs. Goodbye
to the slow-breathing old side-valve 1172's, hello to a new age in
stock car racing. This featherweight special was later raced
successfully by our generous photo contributor Kevin Crabtree.
- St. Day's tin smelter in the background (can you see Detective Superintendent Wycliffe?) looms over a busy track with THREE racers called Pete:
664 Pete Holland, 538 Pete Weekes, and 704 Pete Vincent are
hogging the tarmac ahead of Ian Illman and Colin Higman. Great
- Dave Brown 583 steals the inside line, beating 554 John Holley and going after 639 Brian Sanders.
- Same bend, Brown again, about to take 600 Tony Norton:
Then, back at Roy Goodman's workshop: 716 Mick Whittle, and 800 Roy's car one more time. And in 1970 at St. Austell, 693 is Allan Young parked next to Roy Goodman's 800.
Finishing with an old b/w photo of Roy Goodman in 1966 running under 163, and circulating at Plymouth's Pennycross Stadium.
After all those, again, drop me a line if anyone has more info on any of those West Country racers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian "Mac" McCarthy's
beautiful "Superstox" car,
in a cutting from a magazine. Mac helped me with some info further
down the page. Don't you wish stock-cars looked like this
—- classy, real, and sleek! Mac raced this at the Alwalton
non-BriSCA track near Peterborough. Here's another photo
car, in the pits. [Photos
originally from Alwalton racer Brian Holmes, a never-quit
guy who raced into his sixties.]
relatively modern car looks so "sixties",
and its driver
looks like he's having so much fun, that I'm including it here
anyway. John Rigg was an Aycliffe driver (the "race
hard or go home" track), and
his car enjoyed Royal Mail backing. John
29, and Oops,
postal-code advice on his sump guard, for all to
tells me it has an Escort rear axle, in his words "—-as
you can see" —- , (now
we'll have fifty e-mails arguing which model year it
was, I bet — )
1974 photo of the great Bill
Batten, with an unusual-for-F2 Beetle body (well, the roof
is anyway), at Newton Abbot [DY photo]
Rick Young just throws that F2
sideways on the shale, going into a turn, 1977.
Young's F2/Junior car: two shots taken in 1977 in the Brafield
shot , Second shot. This
car was built by Bedford's Pete Poole for Bob Boddington,
then went to #649 Geoff Dunsby, before ending up in the hands
of Dick and Chris Pickup. And you thought your
family tree was complex??
Could a bloke afford racing? For ready-to-race F2 stock
car, plus trailer, plus Hillman Minx tow car: £60 in 1976.
At Newton Abbot, in September 1971, we see Nigel Harradine's 717 parked. The photo was taken by Kevin Crabtree, and Nigel just acquired it.
Harry won't stop:
unstoppable Nigel Harradine sends these photos of his 1975-built #3 car
with which he competed in the 1975 World Championship and scored wins
at Boston too. Nigel remembers it as "possibly my best car". It was
built to the then-new regs, and these shots were taken in 1976. One, Two, Three.
Nigel Harradine will be racing again in 2009 at his local Swaffham, under his old BriSCA F2 number of 717. "I
still heal prety quickly", he says --- this from a chap who was 20
years old in the 1971 photo above, and who had his share of broken
ribs, etc along the way.
"Harry's Back" was the title of Nigel's message that carried this photo him grinning and ready for action, 'only' 38 years after the crash photo above.